Biographies

SNOW, WILLIAM PARKER 1817 - 1895
England

mariner, explorer and writer, was born at Poole, Dorset on 27 November 1817. His father, a naval officer who had served at Trafalgar died in 1826 and his mother, née Barker, took the family abroad,...

SOLLIS, DENNIS JOHN (Jack) 1915 - 1985
Falkland Islands

mariner, was born at Darwin on 19 November 1915, the third child of Frank Pinkney Sollis, mason, and his wife Catherine Mary Sollis, née Axon.

Jack's childhood was spent in camp at Goose Green and...

SORENSEN, BERNT 1858 - 1924
Norway

Norwegian gunner and whaling manager, was born on the island of Vestre Bolærne in the Oslofjord. He started his whaling career at Finmarkskysten in the northern part of Norway. Then he worked as a...

SORLLE, THORALF 1875 - 1939
Norway

Norwegian gunner and whaling manager, was born in Tjølling, now part of Larvik, in Norway on 17 February 1875.

Like many young boys at the time he went to sea at only 15 years of age - first on...

SOUTHBY-TAILYOUR, (SIMON) EWEN b. 1942
Scotland

Royal Marine, yachtsman and author was born at Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, on 18 January 1942, the son of Norman Hastings Tailyour (later General Sir Norman) and his wife, Priscilla June (née...

SPEE, MAXIMILIAN JOHANNES MARIA HUBERTUS, Reichsgraf (Imperial Count) von 1861 - 1914
Denmark (also Germany)

German admiral, was born in Copenhagen on 22 June 1861.

He was the youngest of five sons of Reichsgraf Rudolf von Spee from a Catholic Prussian family and his mother Fernande Tutein was Danish. He...

SPENCER, VICTOR HENRY (Vic) 1925 - 2005
England

airline pilot, was born in Liverpool on 7 February 1925, the son of William Henry Spencer, a motor racing engineer, and his wife Agnes, née Wilkinson. He was educated at Liverpool Collegiate. He...

SPIVEY, ROBERT EDWARD 1921-1994
England

paratrooper, quartermaster for the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), magistrate on South Georgia, and colonial administrator, was born in Chelsea on 25 March 1921 to Edward Walter Spivey...

SPOTTS, JAMES HANNA 1822 - 1882
United States

US admiral, was born at Fort Johnson, Wilmington Harbour, North Carolina, on 11 March 1822, the son of Samuel Spotts, a major in the US Army who had gained fame in command of the artillery under...

SPRAGGON, DANIEL MARTIN 1912 - 1985
England

RC monsignor, was born on 13 January 1912 in Newcastle upon Tyne, one of four children of Alfred Spraggon and Sarah Spraggon, née Martin. At the age of 22 he joined the Mill Hill Missionaries...

SPRUCE, (HELENA) JOAN b 1946
Falkland Islands

local historian and author, was born in Stanley on 17 April 1946; she is a fifth generation Falkland Islander. Her parents were Walter Felton and Isabella Violet Smith (known as Chic). Violet’s...

SPRUCE, TERENCE GEORGE (TERRY) b 1941
England

businessman, was born in Liverpool on 24 June 1941. His parents were George Spruce and Vera Clarke, and he had two siblings – Kenneth and Cynthia. After education at Holt High School in Liverpool,...

STANLEY-TURNER, HENRY MORTON 1875-1951
England

doctor on West Falklands, was born at Stoke on Trent in1875, the second son of James and Florence Turner (nee Coxon).

He qualified as a doctor at Guys Hospital with MRCS and LRCP in1899, and while...

STEVENSEN, ALBERT (Bert) 1924 - 1996
England

salvationist and clergyman, was born in Stanley on the 24 February 1924, son of a Norwegian sailor named Ole Albert Stevensen and his wife, Alice Maud Stevensen, née Rowland. His father had jumped...

STEWART, (ROBERT) MICHAEL MAITLAND 1906 - 1990
England

foreign secretary, was born on 6 November 1906 at Bromley, Kent, the only son of Robert Wallace Stewart DSc and Eva, née Blaxley. He was educated at Christ's Hospital Horsham and St John's College...

STILL, WILLIAM HENRY ROLAND 1912 - 1983
England

dentist, was born on 7 June 1912. He qualified as a Licenciate of the Royal College of Surgeons, England, in 1936. In 1937 he arrived at the Falkland Islands when his registration date for that...

STIRLING, WAITE HOCKIN 1829 - 1923
England

missionary and bishop, was born on 14 January 1829 in Dartmouth, Devon, the son of Thomas Stirling, a former naval officer who later served in the Coast Guard Service, and Anna Maria Burd Stirling,...

ST JOHNSTON, Sir (THOMAS) REGINALD 1881 - 1950
England

colonial secretary, was born in Edgbaston, Warwickshire on 8 June 1881, the son of Edward Cocks Johnston, surgeon. (The addition of 'St.' was a later affectation.)

He was educated at Queen...

STRANGE, IAN JOHN 1934 - 2018
England (also Falkland Islands)

naturalist, conservationist, wildlife artist and photographer was born on 20 July 1934 in Market Deeping in Lincolnshire, the son of Leonard and Vera Strange (neé Corfield). His father was a master...

STRONG, JOHN c 1654 - 1693
England

sea captain was born around 1654, probably the son of John Strong and Barbara Houlditch of Totnes, Devon. In 1678 he married a widow, Mary Hulcombe, who already had a daughter, and in 1689 Agnes, a...

STURDEE, Sir FREDERICK CHARLES DOVETON 1859 - 1925
England

admiral, was born into a naval family on 9 June 1859 at Charlton, London SE.

His father was Captain Frederick Rannie Sturdee RN and his mother Anna Frances the daughter of a Colonel Hodson, the...

SULIVAN, Sir BARTHOLOMEW JAMES 1810 - 1890
England

naval officer, hydrographic surveyor and farmer, was born on 18 November 1810 at Tregew in the parish of Mylor on the banks of Falmouth Harbour, the eldest son of Captain Thomas Ball Sulivan and...

SUMMERS, PHILIP GEORGE (Phil) 1925 - 1991
Falkland Islands

civil servant, was born in Stanley on 10 November 1925, second son of Sidney Summers and Alice, née Lanning. He and his older brother Len were educated at the Government School, Stanley. His father...

SUMMERS, RONALD WATSON b 1947
Scotland

ornithologist and ecologist, was born in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland on 26 June 1947, the eldest son of Dr Ronald Summers and Doris Summers, née Bulloch. He went to school at Morgan Academy,...

SWINHOE, ERNEST JOHN 1870 - after 1913
England

farm manager, was born near Bishop Auckland, Co Durham on 9 May 1870, the son of William Swinhoe and his wife Annie Elizabeth, née Fletcher. Ernest was educated at the National School in Maryport...